"Human" as written by Martin Johnson and Christina Perri....
I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that’s what you want
Be your number one
I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that’s what you ask
Give you all I am

I can do it
I can do it
I can do it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I’m only human, yeah

I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that’s what you need
Be your everything

I can do it
I can do it
I'll get through it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I’m only human, yeah

I’m only human
I’m only human
Just a little human

I can take so much
Until I’ve had enough

‘Cause I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
‘Cause I’m only human, yeah


Lyrics submitted by brightlightts

"Human" as written by Martin Johnson Christina Judith Perri

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +3
    General CommentI feel like this song is a plea to someone, be it a partner, a family member or a dear friend who is dependent on her, that she would do her best to please that person and to not let that person down. But the other person seems to be expecting too much of her.

    The part,
    "I can do it
    I'll get through it"
    is her trying to convince both herself and the other person that she could make all the sacrifices needed. But then she went on saying she's only human and despite her efforts, she has her limits.

    The part
    "Your words in my head, knives in my heart
    You build me up and then I fall apart"
    seems like that other person made her feel insufficient. He might be careless with his words and say hurtful things, but other times he would give her encouragement and "build her up" before bringing her down again. She's pleading for that person to remember that she's human and she could feel hurt as well.
    annalieseon March 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is self explanatory its saying that people aren't bulletproof, what you say can hurt. After all everyone is only human, they bleed, hurt, crash, and break down.
    brightlighttson January 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWe are human. Meaning we can break. Words and actions hurt us and we do have feelings.
    AmberBellon March 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThere is only so much one person can take. Yeah, I can do this and i can do that, but I'm only human and there's only so much I can handle before I break.
    AmberBellon March 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about limits. We need to know what our limits are because we're only human.
    seeingon September 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to me, this song is about the emotional detachment from her beloved, he asks her to do so many things, which in her sense is too harsh for her, but she'll do it anyways if he wants but in the end she is like, i'm not a robot, i too get hurt and her lover fails to see that.
    devesh1000on March 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI love this song!! For me it really sums up the way a partner can control someone, and how much people care about opinions. It seems like Christina Perri is saying she will try her best but there is only so much any human can go through. She is such a talented artist and though this isn't really a catchy song, I love to listen to it when I need to calm down or relax after a long day.
    lucyhagan1975on July 27, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYou can act like you are happy. But there is a limit, at one point you will not take it any longer, you no longer will have the strenght to fake a smile, force a laugh.
    andrea1063on September 08, 2015   Link

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